Swim session types

This summer, kids swim for free!

Free swimming for under 18s is available from 24 July to 5 September.

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There are a range of different swim sessions available to book. Please choose the one that best suits you needs and ability.  All sessions must be booked in advance

We've also have revised operating procedures in place to help keep you safe while visiting the leisure centre. Please familiarise yourself with these in advance of your visit.

Each session lasts for 45 minutes unless specified. If you do want longer in the pool, you can book consecutive sessions if spaces are available. 

Slow lane swimming

Suitable for recreational swimmers who swim at a relaxed pace or over shorter distances. These lanes will always be against the side of the pool and if you prefer you may also stay within your depth in this session. 

Medium lane swimming

Intended for recreational swimmers who are comfortable swimming full lengths of the pool at a reasonable pace. These lanes will usually be against the side of the pool. 

Fast lane swimming

A single lane along the middle of the pool, intended for those who swim regularly for fitness. 

Faster lane swimming

A single lane along the middle of the pool, to be used by those with a competitive swimming background or who are able to swim at speeds in excess of 30 seconds per length for extended periods of time.  

Swim for all

The large pool sessions are suitable for adults who prefer not swim in lanes and also for families with older children who are competent swimmers.  

The small pool sessions are ideal for adults with babies, toddlers or young children, with plenty of space to play. 

SEND sessions - Dunston Leisure Centre, Sundays at 12.15pm

This session is aimed at families who have children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Although SEND swimmers are welcome at all swimming sessions, this dedicated session will give an opportunity for the whole family to swim in a friendly, non-judgemental environment. 

Both the small pool and the main pool will be available, and you should book whichever pool you are comfortable swimming in.